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  • Germany and France urge deeper EU 'political union'

    06/27/2016 7:47:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Jun 2016 14:37 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    The foreign ministers of Germany and France on Monday called for ambitious steps to strengthen the European Union after Britain’s shock vote to leave the bloc. “We will… take further steps toward a political union in Europe, and we invite the other European states to join us in this endeavor,” Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Jean-Marc Ayrault wrote in a joint position paper. The top diplomats of the two core EU founding members and biggest economies said that “Germany and France have a responsibility to strengthen solidarity and cohesion within the European Union”. But they also signaled a willingness to accept a...
  • Brexit: French and German trade groups urge EU unity

    06/26/2016 2:22:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Jun 2016 09:05 GMT+02:00
    Business groups in France and Germany on Sunday said EU nations should respond to Britain’s decision to quit the bloc by working even more closely together to limit the “turbulence” caused by the Brexit shock. In an joint appeal published in the French Journal du Dimanche, the heads of Germany’s powerful BDI and BDA industry groups and the president of France’s MEDEF employers’ federation made the case for stronger political and economic cooperation. […] They urged the leaders of France and Germany to “solemnly remember their commitment to European values” and boost European cooperation on foreign policy and security, especially...
  • Germany makes fracking verboten

    06/25/2016 8:25:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Jun 2016 15:03 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German lawmakers approved a law that essentially bans fracking, ending years of dispute over the controversial technology to release oil and gas locked deep underground. The text approved on Friday does not outlaw conventional drilling for oil and gas, but leaves it up to state governments to decide on individual cases. But fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, which is carried out by blasting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals underground to release shale oil and gas, will be banned. …
  • US Media Ignores Obama's Role in Brexit Disaster

    06/25/2016 8:04:11 PM PDT · by Future Useless Eater · 44 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 24-June-2016 | David A. Patten
    Watch any of the TV news talk shows Friday and almost all have ignored one important fact: the Brexit 'Leave' victory was another humiliating loss for President Barack Obama. In fact, some British polls even showed that voter sentiment moved decidedly in favor of Brexit after Obama traveled to Britain and urged a "no" vote. British voters delivered a stinging rebuke to Obama on Thursday when they opted to leave the EU by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin. So strong was the backlash to Obama's blatant attempt to influence the Brexit vote – polls following his April visit...
  • Germany says 'won't let anyone take Europe from us'

    06/25/2016 5:39:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 100 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Jun 2016 11:38 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Saturday that the EU would weather the shock of the British vote to leave the union as he convened crisis talks. “I am confident that these countries can also send a message that we won’t let anyone take Europe from us,” he said heading into a meeting in Berlin of his counterparts from the EU’s six founding members. […] Steinmeier called the European Union “a successful project of peace and stability” and said that there was a “strong desire” within the bloc to defend and strengthen it. …
  • Obama: EU and Britain both ‘indispensable partners’

    06/24/2016 12:39:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 6/24/16 | AFP
    President Barack Obama, who had warned against Britain quitting the European Union, said Friday that Washington would respect the British voters’ decision to do just that. The US leader said Britain and the European Union would both remain “indispensable partners” of the United States and that the “special relationship” with London would endure. “The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision,” Obama said, in a statement from his White House office. But, in a nod to Washington’s frustration that its ally has been unwilling to back a European project seen as a cornerstone of Western...
  • 'Germany needs to make UK come to its senses'

    06/24/2016 11:49:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 84 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Jun 2016 16:27 GMT+02:00 | Jörg Luyken
    Britain leaving the EU means trouble ahead for Germany — and its hardest task will be convincing the Brits to drop a self-defeating ideology, a leading foreign policy expert told The Local. German business has a lot of vested interest in British markets, explains Josef Janning, head of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in Berlin. And that means Germany will have its work cut out negotiating a settlement which gives Britain access to the single market after it leaves the European Union. […] Being integrated into the single market will mean the UK will have to “swallow the...
  • With Brexit locked in, here are other EU countries that poll high to 'exit'

    06/24/2016 1:52:59 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 65 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 24, 2016 | Everett Rosenfeld
    A majority of British voters said Thursday that the United Kingdom should leave the European Union, launching markets into turmoil as investors tried to digest what the referendum means for the U.K. and the European bloc as a whole. Although concern for the future of the EU may seem like hyperbole, nearly every member state has a political contingent in favor of leaving the union, and the successful Brexit vote may have just politically legitimized — and energized — those movements.
  • Soros says pound fall after Brexit would be bigger, more disruptive than 'Black Wednesday'

    06/22/2016 10:50:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:43am EDT | Guy Faulconbridge
    George Soros, the billionaire who earned fame by betting against the pound in 1992, said that a British vote on Thursday to leave the European Union would trigger a bigger and more disruptive sterling devaluation than the fall on Black Wednesday. Soros used Quantum Fund in 1992 to bet successfully that sterling was overvalued against the Deutsche Mark, forcing then-Prime Minister John Major to pull the pound out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM). Soros, in an opinion piece in the Guardian newspaper, said that in the event of a British exit, or Brexit, the pound would fall by...
  • Italy wants new law to protect the art of pizza-making

    06/22/2016 1:10:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 139 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 22 Jun 2016 11:36 GMT+02:00
    An Italian senator presented a “pizza makers’ bill” Tuesday, which aims to create a professional registry of all Italian pizza chefs. If successful, the bill will establish a nationally regulated pizza-making qualification, which will be recognized in all European countries. The proposals would force aspiring pizzaioli to complete a 120-hour course made up of 20 hours of food science, 20 hours of pizza-making workshops, 30 hours of food hygiene and 40 hours of foreign languages. […] According to the Forza Italia senator who presented the bill, Bartolomeo Amidei, the registry will protect the country’s culinary traditions and stop consumers from...
  • Germany wants to strengthen gun registry to fight terror

    06/22/2016 12:20:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 Jun 2016 09:13 GMT+02:00
    State interior ministers have submitted a proposal to federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière regarding the trade and background of weapons, according to publishing group Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND). “Terrorism and criminality are not stopped by national borders,” said Mecklenburg-Vorpommern interior minister, Lorenz Caffier. […] The plan would make it easier to exchange information about weapons across the EU, as well as trace the entire ownership history of a weapon. …
  • The truth about the late Jo Cox MP and her husband, Brendan

    06/22/2016 1:05:26 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 32 replies
    The Holistic Works ^ | 19 June 2016 | Annie Dieu-Le-Veut
    I’ve always believed that one should not speak ill of the dead – and especially someone so brutally murdered as was Jo Cox MP on Thursday. But when that dead person is being deified out of all proportion– rather as Princess Diana was after her death – by a mainstream media hand-in-glove with a prime minister who is desperate to create false hysteria in order to sway the most important decision of our generation – our vote in the EU referendum – then something has to be said, ...
  • German court rules in favor of ECB crisis-fighting tool [European Central Bank bond-buying]

    06/21/2016 3:25:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 Jun 2016 10:19 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany’s top court ruled on Tuesday that a key crisis-fighting tool of the European Central Bank complies with German national law. The constitutional court ruled that the ECB’s 2012 bond-buying plan called Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT) complies with German law. OMT — though never actually used — was part of ECB’s President Mario Draghi’s landmark promise to do “whatever it takes” to save the battered euro at the height of the crisis in 2012. […] The promise of OMT was that the ECB could, if necessary, buy up unlimited amounts of government bonds from debt-stricken countries that had pledged reforms...
  • Brexit would lead to new focus on EU common security

    06/21/2016 3:19:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 Jun 2016 17:57 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    France and Germany are divided on what to do in the event of a Brexit. But common EU security is an area of agreement. Even within the German coalition government, parties are not singing from the same hymnbook on what to do in the case of a Brexit, as some feel there should be a return of powers from Brussels to individual nations. “Germany does not have a plan to follow because the government is divided on its post-Brexit strategy,” said conservative daily Die Welt. Consequently, several sources believe that the EU partners would turn their attention to issues where...
  • High court nixes European suit against R.J. Reynolds

    06/20/2016 10:13:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2016 10:51 AM EDT | Sam Hananel
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the European Union can’t pursue a lawsuit accusing tobacco giant R.J Reynolds of taking part in a global money-laundering scheme that sponsored cigarette-smuggling in Europe. In a 4-3 ruling, the justices said the EU has no right to sue in U.S. courts because federal racketeering laws don’t allow recovery for injuries occurring outside the United States. The EU and 26 of its member states allege RJR coordinated the scheme with the help of Colombian and Russian criminal groups and laundered money through New York-based financial institutions. The EU claims the company’s actions hurt the...
  • E.U. Countries Warn Britain on ‘Brexit’: You’ll Pay if You Leave Us

    06/19/2016 8:58:45 PM PDT · by Theoria · 42 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 June 2016 | Steven Erlanger
    The rest of the European Union nations are looking at the possibility of a British departure from the bloc with disbelief, trepidation and anguish. But they are also preparing to retaliate. If Britons do vote in a referendum on Thursday to leave the European Union, they can expect a tough and unforgiving response, with capitals across the Continent intent on deterring other countries from following the British example, European officials and analysts said. In other words, Britain will be made to suffer for its choice. With other issues pressing, including Greek debt, the migrant crisis and terrorism, the largest and...
  • [European Union] Commission Complaints: Juncker's Leadership Style Under the Microscope

    06/18/2016 6:43:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 17, 2016 – 06:10 PM | Peter Müller, Christoph Pauly, Christian Reiermann and Ralf Neukirch
    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is increasingly under fire because of his unilateral style of leadership. Officials in Berlin and Brussels are losing their patience and EU legal experts have cast doubt on some of his methods. […] … According to the European treaties, the body Juncker leads is a normal government agency that must ensure that agreements reached are in fact adhered to. Juncker, though, sees himself as the head of a government — one who has made it his job to break agreements if it appears politically advantageous. The list of his unilateral forays is a long one....
  • Brexit would hurt Britain more than Europe: Italian PM

    06/18/2016 5:36:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 17 Jun 2016 13:21 GMT+02:00
    Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Friday that a British exit from the EU would be more harmful to Britons than the 28-nation bloc. Speaking on the sidelines of the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Renzi told the Russian news agency, TASS: “Of course it would be a problem, but it would be a small problem for Europe and a much larger one for Britain.” …
  • Germany slams NATO 'warmongering'

    06/18/2016 5:02:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Jun 2016 12:48 GMT+02:00
    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has criticized NATO for having a bellicose policy towards Russia, describing it as “warmongering”, the German daily Bild reported. Steinmeier pointed to the deployment of NATO troops near borders with Russia in the military alliance’s Baltic and east European member states. “What we should avoid today is inflaming the situation by warmongering and stomping boots,” Steinmeier told Bild in an interview to be published Sunday. …
  • Germany should 'lead new EU' after Brexit: Polish statesman [Lech Walesa]

    06/18/2016 4:40:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Jun 2016 09:52 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Polish president Lech Wałęsa believes Germany should lead either a deeply reformed, or an entirely rebuilt EU, in the wake of a possible Brexit. Wałęsa’s comments come as a series of opinion polls show a growing lead for the campaign rallying British voters to leave the 28-nation EU in a landmark referendum on June 23rd. “Germany in particular must calculate what would be better for development (of the EU): do we create a completely new organization… or do we fix the old EU?” Wałęsa told AFP during an interview in Gdańsk, the cradle of...
  • Germany sets conditions for EU banking union

    06/18/2016 3:44:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Jun 2016 08:12 GMT+02:00
    Germany on Friday set its conditions to deepen banking union in the European Union, demanding that risks be reduced at Europe’s banks before deposits could be guaranteed EU-wide. Many EU governments such as France and Italy see a deposit guarantee across Europe as the next logical step to avoid the problems that brought on the euro debt crisis and the financial collapse of 2009. At talks in Luxembourg, the EU’s 28 finance ministers agreed for the first time to an EU roadmap towards a deposit guarantee scheme across Europe. …
  • "Death to traitors, freedom for Britain" - Man says when charged with Jo Cox's murder

    06/18/2016 3:15:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Newstalk 106 FM Ireland ^ | 11:04 18 Jun 2016
    A man who appeared in court charged with the murder of British Labour MP Jo Cox gave his name as “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain.” Mrs. Cox (41) died after being shot and stabbed in the street outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, near Leeds, on Thursday. Thomas Mair (52) from Birstall, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offense and possession of an offensive weapon. Mair refused to give his correct name to the court and remained silent when asked his address...
  • Putin calls to improve ties with the EU despite sanctions

    06/17/2016 6:34:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2016 9:01 AM EDT | Nataliya Vasilyeva
    Russian President Vladimir Putin called on European leaders on Friday to improve ties with his country despite sanctions after meeting with European investors who said they want to expand their businesses there. Speaking at Russia’s top economic conference, Putin said top German and French investors expressed their plans to invest more in Russia despite the weight of the sanctions, some of which the European Union extended just as Putin was speaking. “Politicians should meet the businessmen halfway, show wisdom, long-term thinking and flexibility,” Putin said. “We need to bring back trust to Russia-European relations and restore the level of cooperation.”...
  • Now Switzerland WITHDRAWS its application to join the EU just a week before British vote

    06/17/2016 12:54:52 AM PDT · by Ken H · 60 replies
    Express UK ^ | June 16, 2016 | Charles Peat
    SWITZERLAND has withdrawn its application to join the European Union just a week before Britain votes on its own EU membership.
  • Half of Turkish Germans hold Islam above state law

    06/16/2016 3:13:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Jun 2016 17:21 GMT+02:00 | Jörg Luyken
    A wide-ranging new study by the University of Münster shows that Germany’s Turkish community still has very conservative views on the role of religion in society. The survey provides an often contradictory picture of social attitudes among Germany’s 2.7 million people of Turkish origin. A total of 47 percent of the 1,201 respondents said that “following the tenets of my religion is more important to me than the laws of the land in which I live.” But the study also reveals that this viewpoint is much more firmly held by the first generation (57 percent agreement) — Turks who emigrated...
  • One in 10 Germans wants country to be led by 'Führer'

    06/15/2016 11:23:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 Jun 2016 15:52 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    A new study by the University of Leipzig sheds a worrying light on the depth of racist and authoritarian beliefs in German society. One in every ten Germans wants their country to be led by a “Führer” (dictator) who applies a firm hand for the common good. Eleven percent of respondents say that Jews have too much influence in society. Twelve percent think Germans are by nature superior to other people. Four in ten people think Muslims should be prohibited from immigrating to the country. …
  • EU ambassador quits after telling Turks to be more like Germans

    06/14/2016 1:35:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 06/14/2016 09:35 | James Crisp
    The European Union’s ambassador to Turkey has quit after criticizing the Turks for their handling of a deal to tackle the refugee crisis, and telling them they should be more like Germans. Under the terms of the controversial pact, Turkey gets cash and visa-free travel to the EU in return for taking back migrants illegally crossing the Mediterranean to Europe. Turkey also wants discussions on it joining the EU to be restarted as the price for its help. The European Commission has set 72 conditions that Turkey must meet to get visa-free travel. But negotiations have stalled over the EU’s...
  • Justice minister wants to end toleration of polygamy [Germany]

    06/14/2016 8:21:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 Jun 2016 14:16 GMT+02:00
    Justice Minister Heiko Maas said this week that he wants to bring an end to the practice of tolerating polygamous marriages among immigrants in Germany. “No one who comes here has the right to place their cultural entrenchment or religious thinking over our laws,” Maas told Bild newspaper. “Therefore, no multiple marriages will be allowed to be recognized in Germany.” In Germany, marrying another person after you are already married is illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison. …
  • Shock as German soldiers let kids play with machine guns

    06/14/2016 8:14:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 Jun 2016 16:43 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The German Defense Ministry is taking flak after pictures emerged of soldiers letting very small people play with some very big weapons. It all started at an open-house event in Stetten, Baden-Württemberg at the weekend, where civilians were invited in to learn about the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr. But on Monday, the advocacy group German Peace Society/United Opponents of Military Service posted pictures on Facebook showing small, preschool-aged children being offered the chance to handle some powerful guns on their own. The guns in the pictures included a G36 assault rifle, a USP pistol, and a MP7 submachine gun,...
  • Dutch PM says he’s ‘totally against referendums’

    06/13/2016 1:00:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 06/13/2016 11:29 | (EurActiv.com with agencies)
    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte today (13 June) admitted a referendum called by euroskeptic groups on whether to back closer ties between Ukraine and the EU had been “disastrous” after voters soundly rejected the pact. “I’m totally against referenda, and I’m totally, totally, totally against referenda on multilateral agreements, because it makes no sense as we have seen with the Dutch referendum,” Rutte told a conference of European MPs. “The referendum led to disastrous results,” he added. …
  • NATO battalions to defend Baltic states and Poland

    06/13/2016 12:55:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 06/13/16 19:05 | Andrew Rettman
    Each of the Baltic states and Poland will shortly host 1,000 or so NATO soldiers to deter Russian aggression, the Western alliance has said. “We will agree to deploy by rotation four robust multinational battalions in the Baltic states and in Poland. This will send a clear signal that NATO stands ready to defend any ally”, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg told press in Brussels on Monday (13 June). He said the battalions are part of “a much bigger shift in our posture” in reaction to Russia’s behavior in Ukraine. […] The bigger shift includes a rapid reaction force of 40,000...
  • Former PM Brown urges Labour supporters to vote 'in' on EU

    06/13/2016 9:59:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 13, 2016 12:09 PM EDT | Jill Lawless
    Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an impassioned call Monday for Labour Party supporters to vote to stay in the European Union, amid nervousness in the “remain” camp that it is losing momentum ahead of next week’s referendum. Brown, who governed from 2007 to 2010, said Britain should “lead in Europe” and not leave it. Polls suggest the June 23 vote on whether to leave the 28-nation bloc could go either way. The “remain” side has stressed the economic uncertainty that would be triggered by quitting, while the “leave” campaign has focused on unease about the large scale of...
  • Britain's authority within EU will rise after 'In' vote: PM Cameron

    06/12/2016 12:32:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:06pm BST | Kylie Maclellan
    Britain’s influence in the European Union will be stronger if it votes to remain in the bloc in a June 23 referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday with the latest polls showing Britons almost evenly split over whether to stay or go. One poll published late on Saturday gave a two-point lead to supporters of “Remain” and the other showed those in favor of Brexit were one point ahead. In an interview on BBC television, Cameron — whose “In” campaign has been branded as scaremongering by pro-Brexit supporters for warning of the risks of quitting the 28-nation EU...
  • EU to tighten guns rules despite concern it will restrict hunters, collectors

    06/10/2016 9:46:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Jun 10, 2016 | (EurActiv.com with AFP)
    European Union governments should agree tighter gun control laws on Friday (10 June) in the wake of Islamist shooting attacks in France and Belgium, despite opposition from some states which say they will hurt only law-abiding enthusiasts. The Czech Republic is among the loudest critics of rules that EU officials expect to secure comfortable majority backing when the 28 interior ministers meet in Luxembourg on Friday. It argues the measures will not prevent criminals acquiring weapons, but will penalize hunters and collectors. Since the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in January 2015 by men armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles apparently...
  • Brexit would shut UK out of single market, Berlin warns

    06/10/2016 9:29:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Jun 2016 15:40 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble warned Friday that if Britain voted to leave the European Union, it wouldn’t have access to the single market like non-members Norway and Switzerland do. “That won’t work,” the veteran minister told Germany’s Der Spiegel weekly, which on Saturday plans to publish a German-English edition at home and in Britain with “Please don’t go!” on the cover. “That would require the country to follow the rules of a club which right now it wants to leave.” […] Schäuble warned that a Brexit could spark contagion in the EU, according to excerpts of the interview due...
  • EU businesses anxious to end Russia sanctions

    06/08/2016 11:24:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 8, 2016 12:35 PM EDT | Nataliya Vasilyeva
    In a sign of the growing frustration amid companies across Europe to get back to business as usual, the French Senate on Wednesday was due to vote on a resolution urging the government to lift economic sanctions on Russia. For years, the European Union was Russia’s biggest trading partner, but two years ago the EU imposed sanctions in response to its actions in Ukraine. They range from banning the export of oil equipment to barring Russian banks from accessing long-term lending. In retaliation, Russia moved to ban all vegetable, dairy and meat exports from the EU. EU imports from Russia...
  • German Post under fire for not accepting Brexit ballots

    06/07/2016 8:52:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 07 Jun 2016 14:24 GMT+02:00 | Jörg Luyken
    Several Brits living in Germany have said they have had to pay extra to send their ballots in for the EU referendum. Others worry that their votes may now be stuck in the post. Three British nationals have told The Local that Deutsche Post did not recognize the prepaid postage on mail-in ballots for the so-called Brexit referendum. The ballots have been marked with an International Business Response Service (IBRS) stamp, which the UK Electoral Commission assured The Local should mean that the sender pays nothing towards the cost of delivery. But Jon Worth, a Berlin-based blogger, described on Facebook...
  • NATO Secretary General congratulates Germany for contributions to Alliance security

    06/02/2016 2:10:58 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    nato.int ^ | 02 Jun. 2016 | NATO
    Visiting Berlin on Wednesday (2 June) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Germany is “at the heart of Europe and of the NATO Alliance”. Speaking with the media in a joint press conference with Chancellor Merkel, Mr. Stoltenberg said that Germany makes “outstanding contributions” to NATO operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo. “You play a major role in our Baltic Air Policing mission, and you also have a lead role in our new high-readiness joint task force, and Germany was key in establishing our presence in the Aegean Sea coping with the migrant and refugee crisis”, he said. The Secretary...
  • The European Commission Wants You To Log Into Social Media Accounts With Govt-Issued ID Cards

    06/02/2016 6:54:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 2, 2016 | Raheem Kassam
    The European Commission plans to attack citizens’ right to online privacy, insisting that state-issued ID cards should be used to log into platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and even Uber. The Vice President for the Digital Single Market on the European Commission, former Communist Andrus Ansip, is behind the next European Union (EU) raid on personal freedoms, promoting the idea of using national ID cards to log in to online services.
  • Palestine - European Union Must End PLO Subjugation And Exploitation

    06/02/2016 6:41:06 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/02/16 | David Singer
    How long is the EU going to keep shelling out large sums of money -- only to see the implementation of its noble objectives being continually subverted? The European Union (EU) possesses the financial levers to end 10 years of exploitative rule by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in not holding any elections in the West Bank during that period. 95% of the West Bank Arab population live in Areas “A” and “B” under the total administrative control of the PLO. That population has been subjugated into silence by the PLO and given no opportunity to freely express their support...
  • Germany to require ID for buying prepaid phones

    06/01/2016 11:03:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 01 Jun 2016 16:39 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Those who prefer their mobile phone to remain anonymous are in for a shock in Germany, as ministers agreed on Wednesday to require anyone buying a pay-as-you-go SIM card to present ID. “You could buy a prepaid phone today in the name of Donald Duck,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said after the weekly cabinet meeting. “Knowledge is power. And we want to oppose terrorist organizations powerfully,” he went on in a press conference defending the new anti-terror law that the rule falls under. […] “The new anti-terror package mixes up widely varying enlargements of powers for the security services...
  • PARIS AT WAR - MEDIA SILENCE.

    05/31/2016 4:00:41 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 37 replies
    facebook ^ | 05/31/16 | United Patriots Front
    PARIS AT WAR - MEDIA SILENCE. SHARE BEFORE THIS GETS DELETED. -Footage captured in central Paris. -Migrant gangs at war with police and locals. -Controlled media is trying to hush it up to promote further immigration into Europe. -Political leaders are refusing to acknowledge the crisis.
  • FULL TEXT: The EU And Facebook’s ‘Code Of Conduct’ Policing Free Speech

    05/31/2016 2:43:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5/31/16 | Raheem Kassam
    Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have “signed up” to a new European Union (EU) “Code of Conduct”, pledging to help censor and “criminalise” perceived “illegal online hate speech” and “promot[e] independent counter-narratives” that the EU favors. The Code, which has been branded “Orwellian” by Members of the European Parliament, is reproduced in full below by Breitbart London for the benefit of our readers. Facebook, Microsoft [Microsoft-hosted consumer services, as relevant], Twitter and YouTube (hereinafter “the IT Companies”) – also involved in the EU Internet Forum – share, together with other platforms and social media companies, a collective responsibility and pride in...
  • EU ministers endorse pact aimed at improving life in cities

    05/30/2016 4:49:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2016 9:08 AM EDT
    European Union ministers meeting in the Dutch capital have endorsed a “Pact of Amsterdam” aimed at improving living conditions in towns and cities throughout the 28-nation bloc. With 70 percent of the EU’s 500 million people living in urban areas, the deal signed Monday gives cities more influence in EU legislation and easier access to funds for urban projects. The Dutch government says key themes include integrating migrants into urban populations, improving air quality and tackling poverty. …
  • Stephen Hawking baffled by dynamics of Trump's popularity

    05/30/2016 8:51:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2016 10:05 AM EDT
    Stephen Hawking understands the workings of the universe — but says he cannot fathom the popularity of Donald Trump. The British astrophysicist told ITV’s morning show Monday that the presumptive Republican Party candidate for U.S. president “is a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.“ Hawking also appealed to British voters to vote to keep the United Kingdom inside the European Union in a June 23 referendum. …
  • Canada once again backs Israel at the UN

    05/29/2016 9:46:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    INN ^ | 5/29/2016, 5:59 AM | Dalit Halevy
    Canada once again backed Israel at the UN this week when it voted against the World Health Organization’s (WHO) resolution singling out only Israel for “mental, physical and environmental health” rights abuse. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government joined the Israel, the United States, Australia, Paraguay, Guatemala, Micronesia and Papua New Guinea as the only countries to vote against the resolution, which was co-sponsored by the Arab Group of States and the Palestinian delegation. …
  • [Switzerland] Basel: Muslim schoolboys must shake hands or face fine (shake hands w/female teacher)

    05/28/2016 7:11:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 25 May 2016 10:54 GMT+02:00
    School students must shake their teachers’ hands or their parents will be liable to pay a fine of up to 5,000 francs, authorities in the canton of Basel-Country have ruled. The decision, announced on Wednesday, comes nearly two months after two Muslim schoolboys refused to shake their female teacher’s hand at a school in Therwil, near Basel, because they said physical contact with a woman who wasn’t a family member went against their religion. The incident caused outrage across Switzerland, not only because it was seen as sex discrimination but because their refusal was considered an affront to an intrinsic...
  • Brexit campaign leadership dominated by climate skeptics

    05/23/2016 10:17:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    EurActiv ^ | May 24, 2016 | James Crisp
    Leading figures in the Vote Leave referendum campaign to take Britain out of the EU have links to a controversial climate-skeptic think tank and question the science behind global warming. The group’s three leaders, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and figurehead Lord Nigel Lawson, have cast doubt over man-made climate change, which is backed by most of the world’s credible experts.Lawson founded the Global Warming Policy Foundation in 2009 and is a noted climate skeptic. Both the foundation, which broke UK Charity Commission rules for anti-climate bias, and Vote Leave share rich donors. Gove — who tried to stop climate change...
  • Romanian groups push for same-sex marriage ban

    05/23/2016 10:09:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | May 23, 2016
    Romanian campaigners said Monday they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state. Several groups linked to the Orthodox Church and united under the umbrella Coalition for Family are seeking a constitutional amendment to narrowly define marriage as the “union between a man and a woman”. It is the second such move in Europe this month after a group of mostly right-wing Italian politicians said they will push for a referendum to overturn the introduction of gay civil unions in their country. […] Homosexuality in Romania was illegal until 2000, when...
  • AfD meet with Muslim leaders breaks down in acrimony [Germany]

    05/23/2016 6:28:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 May 2016 14:32 GMT+02:00 | [DPA/The Local]
    A meeting between far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Muslim leaders ended bitterly on Monday after just an hour of talks. It was meant to be a chance for the heads of Germany’s rising far-right party to meet face-to-face with leaders of the Muslim community for clear-the-air talks. […] AfD leader Frauke Petry “wants to go further along the path of populism, defamation and above all prejudice,” Aiman Mazyek, president of the Central Council of Muslims, said after the meeting in Berlin. For her part, Petry claimed Mazyek and his colleagues were calling for her to override the democratic...